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Venice: Walking Tour, St. Mark Basilica & Gondola Ride

Product ID: 21298
See Venice on a half-day walking tour and enjoy priority entrance to St. Mark’s Basilica. Experience the grandeur of the Grand Canal from a gondola, see the Rialto Bridge, and the palazzos. Marvel at the glory of Venetian culture in St. Mark’s Basilica.
About this activity
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts


  • Skip the line at St. Mark's Basilica
  • Walk beside the canals of Venice and see the city’s major attractions
  • See Renaissance art and admire beautiful Baroque buildings
  • Rest you feet with a 30-minute shared gondola ride with a local gondoliere
Full description
Stroll alongside the canals of Venice and see the city’s major attractions on a 3-hour walking tour. This is the perfect tour if you have limited time or want to see the highlights first and explore Venice’s off-the-beaten track spots later.

Start out with a visit to the Rialto Bridge, the vast marble beauty that cost far more than was budgeted! Continue to Marco Polo’s house and hear about the son of Venice who went to sea and came back with amazing tales of China and the Far East.

Visit lively Campo San Luca and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where locals carry out their daily lives in the shadow of spectacular Baroque architecture. Next, you’ll visit Piazza San Marco and stand in front of the impressive Doge’s Palace where Venice’s famous lover and writer, Casanova, was held in an attic prison before he escaped.

Skip the line at stunning St Mark’s Basilica. Marvel at the diversity of Venetian architecture as your guide points out places where eastern architecture and western design blend in a uniquely Venetian fashion. In a rare extended tour of the Basilica you’ll learn how the remains of St. Mark arrived illegally, and you’ll see all manner of treasures. From the second level of the Basilica, you’ll have views of the piazza below where string quartets play and waiters bustle around the many cafés.

Next, begin a 30-minute gondola tour of the waterways with a local gondoliere. Start on the much-traveled Grand Canal, and see such sights as Santa Maria della Salute Church, a 17th-century Baroque building.
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Local expert guide
  • Headsets where necessary
  • 30-minute shared gondola ride, mixed group of up to 6 people (If option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Gratuities
  • Gondola ride commentary
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information
Know before you go
Please note the following:

• Tour groups are no larger than 24 people
• Clients must arrive at the designated meeting point and present their tour voucher to the tour coordinator/guide. Late arrivals will not be able to catch up with the group and no refunds will be given for those who arrive after the departure time
• St. Mark's Basilica is subject to closure without notice. When this occurs, the supplier will offer customers an extended tour of the Basilica from the outside and of St. Mark's Square. While they undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases they may be unable to provide refunds or discounts
• Please do not bring large bags, tripods, non-collapsible umbrellas, or backpacks on this tour. They are not permitted in St. Mark’s Basilica and must be checked into the luggage storage area off-site, meaning that you may miss a portion of the tour
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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So glad that I booked this tour ahead of my trip. Being with the tour we avoided the LONG line up to get into St. Mark's and, as a single person, the gondola ride (a must in Venice) was with a group. For a single individual it would have been very expensive. The guide was excellent. Definitely the perfect tour when visiting Venice for the first time! Highly recommend it!!

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August 3, 2018

Very informative and well worth doing

Apart from confusion as to the meeting point (app pinpointed one place but the instructions stated another!) this was an excellent tour. The guide was lovely, had great English and was very well informed about all the history. She was very helpful and careful to ensure the party all kept together. The visit to the Basilica was great - again with lots of historical information and the gondola ride was so worth doing. No one can control the weather and it was a bit cold on the water (early May) but fortunately we were finished before the rain started.

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May 12, 2017

A great way to see Venice, with an excellent tour guide

The guide Patrizia was very friendly and knowledgeable, leading us to some of the lesser known beauty spots in the city. Very detailed explanations of things it would otherwise be easy to miss, and which enhance the rest of your stay in Venice. The duration of the tour is long but the pace is comfortable so it isn't tiring and you are given time to absorb the beauty of the city - you are given a radio earpiece so you don't have to stay very close to the guide to hear what she says. Very highly recommended!!

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April 1, 2016

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City Wonders Ltd.

Product ID: 21298